Luton Member of the European Parliament Alex Mayer has spoken out over the Government's failure to protect around 600 jobs in Luton, following the collapse of Monarch airlines.
Ms. Mayer criticised the Government's appalling handling of the Brexit process, and uncertainty over the ‘open skies’ agreement that has discouraged possible buyers and investors in the airline. The falling value of the pound following the Brexit referendum has also hit companies like Monarch hard, and the trade union Unite has strongly criticised the Government's decision to snub a loan request from Monarch that would have helped to keep it afloat while the company was restructured.
Ms. Mayer said “This shocking news comes as a devastating blow for Monarch employees and their families just three months away from Christmas.
“It very much looks as though the Government has failed to step in to sure up jobs here in Luton.
“The Government needs to take a long hard look at itself and step up its game in supporting the airline sector at this difficult time. They are mismanaging Brexit and the economy. Luton and Britain deserve a solid Government strategy, not a weak and wobbly Prime Minister who has taken her eye off the ball."